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FELA 10/19/09

Moving up from Off Broadway to the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, FELA examines the life and music of Nigerian Afrobeat composer Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Outfitted with Audio/Video systems from Sound Associates, the hi-tech video package includes six UVA D3 Firefly media servers, and an array of fourteen projectors by Panasonic, Sanyo, Digital Projections, and Barco. Sony BRC-300 robotic cameras roll out the powerhouse video rig designed by Peter Nigrini. The audio system designed by Rob Kaplowitz shows off a QLab sound effects playback system and Yamaha PM-1D FOH rig with multiple Yamaha DME-64N processors. Speaker systems by Meyer, EAW and d&b.

RAGTIME 10/19/09

Coalhouse Walker is coming back to town this season in a magnificent revival at the Neil Simon Theatre. Direct from its smash success at the Kennedy Center last winter, Acme Sound Partners' Mark Menard has specified a Digico D5T and Yamaha DM-2000 FOH consoles. XTA processing drives Meyer CQ-1, L'Acoustics ARCS and Dv-Dosc loudspeakers. Menard and partners Tom Clark and Nevin Steinberg also specified Sennheiser 5212 UHF wireless microphones for the 36 cast members, and a compliment of DPA, Neumann and AKG microphones in the Pit.


Sondheim has returned to the Great White Way via the West End. Trevor Nunn's production of A Little Night Music has arrived at the Walter Kerr Theatre with rave reviews from London. Sound Designer Dan Moses Schreier specified a Studer Vista 5 for his FOH mixer with Meyer Melodies and UPA1P's for his mains. A1 Francis Ellers gets his exercise making the trip to the rear mezzanine to mix the show in the 950 seat Walter Kerr.

RACE 10/19/09

Sound Designer Peter Fitzgerald has his work cut out for him with David Mamet's new play Race. Mamet is all about words, most of them four letter ones, with actors often delivering them facing up stage or off stage. No microphones are a mantra the playwright expounds with each of his productions and audiences are becoming more indignant in their demand for voice reinforcement. With no sound operator on the show automation is the key, along with discretely placed speakers and microphones, to keep author and audiences happy.


Toronto adds two 'Boys' to join the long running hit THE SOUND OF MUSIC (still packing them in at the Princess of Wales Theatre). JERSEY BOYS National Company, with a Sound Associates video package, is headed for the Toronto Center this month, and Andrew Lloyd Webber's BOYS IN THE PHOTOGRAPH will open at the Royal Alex in October featuring a Yamaha PM1D and L'Acoustics Dv-dosc rig. Sound Associates is also providing the video package featuring five Datatron Watchout media servers, a Barco CLM-R10+ and three Panasonic PT5700DLP projectors.


Neil Simon is back in town with two of the Eugene trilogy plays in repertory at the Nederlander Theatre. Sound Designers Fitz Patton and Josh Schmidt have put together a sound system to deal with the rigor of rep! Through a Digico D1 console, QLab V2 playback and DPA stage microphones merge into Meyer L/C/R Line Arrays, subs and EAW surround speakers. A1 Jim Van Bergen and Associate Sound Designer David Stollings round out the audio roster.


Ma, Pa and Laura are alive and well at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn, NJ. Sound Designers Carl Casella and Domonic Sack prepared the system for its fifty two week national tour using a new Digico SD8 console coupled to custom SAI stage towers with Meyer Melodie Line Arrays and 700P Subs, driven with Galileo 616 processing. A1 Mark Clark manages thirty eight Sennheiser 5212 wireless microphone transmitters and DPA 4061 microphones blending the large cast with the fourteen piece pit orchestra.

HAMLET 9/25/09

"To be, or not to be, that is the question." Jude Law is starring in the Donmar Warehouse production of HAMLET at the Broadhurst Theatre this fall. Directed by Michael Grandaga, this "world class" production returns to the Great White Way for the first time in 13 years. Composer and Sound Designer Adam Cork and Associate Sound Designer Chris Cronin team up once again using a Yamaha DM-1000 console, DME-24 processing, a sixteen channel Stage Research SFX playback system coupled with Meyer, EAW, and d&b loudspeakers to bring Adam's dark, brooding music to life. "The Play's the Thing!" as Sound Associates continues its association with The Donmar Warehouse in London, and Tony nominated Sound Designer Adam Cork.


AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY's author Tracy Letts is back in action this season at the Music Box Theatre. Sound Designers Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen have specified a Yamaha M7CL console with QLab V2 playback and a Meyer Sound speaker system to help bring the world of a down, but not nearly out Chicago donut shop, back to life. A1 Valerie Spradling supervised the build at Sound Associates and the theatre installation.


The British are coming or returning to the Shubert Theatre (formerly the home of Spamalot) for this Noel Coward revival. This trip into the transcendental world of the eccentric bike-riding psychic Mme. Arcati, played by the indomitable Angela Lansbury, is directed by Michael Blakemore. Renewing his collaboration with the director, sound designer Peter Fitzgerald has pulled out all the stops to make this play sound natural in the 1500+ seat theatre. Assistant Sound Designer Megan Henniger brought the ethereal effects and the recorded piano interludes on board using SFX and a Yamaha DM2000.


August Wilson's historical play about the African-American experience in the early twentieth century is having a revival by the Lincoln Center Theatre Company at the Belasco Theatre. Barlett Sher is directing Chad Coleman as Herald Loomis. Sound Designer Leon Rothenberg has specified a Yamaha DM1000 and QLab sound control software for the Meyer speaker rig. A1 Wayne Smith has everything under control.


Headed for the newly renovated New Nederlander Theatre this revival has a tough act to follow on West 41st Street. The hit musical RENT played the theatre for 12 years so renovations were definitely in order. Sound Designer Steve Kennedy and Associate Sound Designer Andrew Keister agreed to try the new Midas XL8 Digital Console for the main mixer. Coupled with Steve's dual driver approach to vocal reinforcement the digital mixer will provide tremendous flexibility in addition to superb audio quality. Good luck to A1 Julie Randolf and her crew with the first musical of 2009!

HAIR 1/26/09

Jupiter aligns with Mars; the age of Love, Light and Humanity. The much ballyhooed return of the late 60's signature musical is coming even if the "Age of Aquarius" is not. "Good Morning Starshine" lives on in the Acme Sound Partners re-creation of their sound design from this summer's production at the Delacort in Central Park. For the move to the Al Hirshfeld Theatre a Digico D5T has been specified for FOH and a D1 for the stage mix. A1 Scott Sanders will not be removing any clothing for this production.


A new Video Wall has been built at Sound Associates' Yonkers production facility under the supervision of video engineers Chris Lighthall and Sayyid Baksh. The wall consists of one hundred eight, 10mm, LED panels and is to be installed for the NYJB Company in the August Wilson Theatre January 26th replacing the projectors and screens in the original Mark Green design.


Saturday Night Live's presidential comedian is Broadway bound. Scheduled for a limited run at the Cort Theatre, his one man show "You're Welcome America. A Final Night with George W. Bush" is scheduled to open February 5, 2009. Sound Designer Peter Fitzgerald and Assistant Sound Designer Megan Henniger escort Will into the theatre with the sounds of a life-like helicopter. A1 Jens McVoy prepared many sub-woofers on that shop order. SA's Production Manager Chris Cronin teamed up with Lisa Cuscuna and Chris Herman to produce a very entertaining video program.


Peter Fitzgerald and Carl Casella have collaborated again ("Ring of Fire") to design the sound for this new little musical directed by Richard Maltby, Jr. and headed for the Booth Theatre. With a tryout at Goodspeed last summer, reproducing Jonathan Tunick's orchestrations from the on-stage band should present only a few new challenges for A1 Brad Gyorgak. A Yamaha DM2000 was chosen for the FOH with Meyer M1D's and CQ1's providing the main sources in the system.